Nagaya shinshiroku (Record of a Tenement Gentleman)
Nagaya shinshiroku (Record of a Tenement Gentleman) (1947)

In this classic shomin-geki ("story of middle-class life"), Ozu relates the slightly comic tale of a boy abandoned by his parents in postwar Japan. After his desertion, the little boy is discovered by a "tenement… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 22, 1995
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Tim Purtell
Entertainment Weekly

[The film] may be slow-moving by Hollywood standards, but Record of a Tenement Gentleman rewards patience with rich sentiment that's never mawkish.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

A warm comedy of life in postwar Japan, warm in the way only Yasujiro Ozu's cold and formal style can be.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A simple warmhearted comedy tale about the human condition.

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Tom Charity
Time Out

This is Ozu in optimistic mood, which is not to say that loss and resignation don't figure in large part (no film-maker ever had a surer grasp of the melancholy of everyday things), just that here the generosity of spirit seems irresistible.

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David Parkinson
Radio Times

Cleverly using camera angles to create a sense of place and parallel motifs to unify the action, Ozu reveals his directorial genius, which is confirmed by his light handling of his splendid ensemble cast.

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Matt McAllister
Future Movies UK

What could have been a trite, mawkish tale in lesser hands is moulded into a typically moving human drama by the great Yasujiro Ozu.

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Joan Mellen
New York Times

Curtain after curtain is lifted as this formidable film exposes a Japan unknown to most.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

Thanks to Ozu's sympathetic direction, his deep understanding of human behavior, and the surprising amount of comedy, it's both moving and very funny.

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Michael Price
Senses of Cinema

In Record of a Tenement Gentleman, Ozu yet again presents a deceptively simple story in the manner typical of the most powerful of his films.

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Flixster Audience Score: 93% Flixster User Reviews
Anthony Lawrie
Regarded by most as Ozu's most sentimental work, it?s often dismissed and overlooked. It is as heart warming as it is heartbreaking, but it?s certainly not… More